June 4, 2019

Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette Review & Swatches

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3 stars out of 5

I ordered one of the Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette in Neon Orange last week and it arrived rather quickly which allowed me to have some fun with it over the weekend. I got the Neon Orange shade selection because I love bright pops of orange and coral but if you’re sort of yearning both the Neon Pink and Neon Orange Palette and can only afford one I’d highly suggest going with Neon Orange as there are a few shades in here that will get you a neon pinkish look should you like.

One thing to take note of with these palettes is the fact they are named Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette and NOT Huda Beauty Neon Obsession Eye Palette or Eyeshadow Palette. That’s because they contain pressed pigments that are not safe for eye use within the USA by the FDA. This was the case with the recent Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette as well. Outside the USA within Canada and Europe there are no such regulations. However, I do think the marketing could be presented better on Sephora’s site (Update: As of July 11th, Sephora has changed the information on their website and is no longer promoting this palette as an eyeshadow palette) which labeled these as eyeshadows which might imply to users that they are perfectly safe to use on the eye area when in fact they could cause irritation. Huda’s own marketing on her website also shows them on the lid and eye area.

The warnings are there for a reason though and should be paid attention to if you have sensitive eyes or allergies as you could irritate your eyes by using these shades on your eyes or even cause temporary staining. As always, be safe while using any and all cosmetics.

This palette is Made within China and has a dual label which I found a little deceptive. The first label shows the ingredients and you have to actually lift up the sticker to see the “not intended for the eye area” warning. I think most people likely won’t lift that second label up to see that warning and that sort of sucks. I didn’t go through all the shades many contain Yellow and Red dyes that are on the FDA no no list. For example, the Orange Shimmer shade contains Yellow 6, the Fiery Orange contains Red 22, the Yellow Shimmer contains Yellow 5, and so on and so fourth. For a complete list of yellow and red dyes that are not approved by the FDA in the USA check the FDA website.

Jump ahead for my swatches and review.

I am not much of a makeup artist so, using these palettes around my eye area versus near my immediate eye area doesn’t quite work for me. I tend to play it rather cautious with these warnings as hey, I only have one sets of eyes. However, I have been a LITTLE less precautions lately and I did in fact use the Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette on my eyes without an issues. I don’t have sensitive eyes nor do I experience allergic reactions to eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc…! So, I sort of blew off the warning but I do not recommend or encourage anyone to do the same. Staining wasn’t too much of an issue either. There was some minor pigment left over after using eye makeup to remove it however, the next day after a second cleanse it all disappeared.

After all that rather depressing talk about eye safety let’s chat about the fun to be had with this palette.

The palette has nine eyeshadows which are 0.05 oz each and it’s priced at $29 which makes it a little higher than the original Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes which are the same size and priced at $27. The palette’s packaging isn’t cardboard which could account for the two dollar price increase as this compact is plastic. I like the packaging better than the original Obsessions line! Not so much the bright neon orange but just the fact it’s plastic and feels like it’ll protect the eyeshadows a little better. There’s a nicely sized mirror inside the compact as well!

The palette features nine eyeshadows three of which are flakier pressed pigments and the other six are matte. I have to admit I wish the shimmer versus the matte finish was even. I’d have liked a few more shimmers to play with. Just wearing matte neon on my eye is a little more difficult and I think the shimmer really adds a nice POP to the completed look! More shimmer would have been lovely.

The mattes are very pigmented but required layering as they are dusky, a bit chalky, and they tend to blend away. I found myself packing color on to get the best color pay off. They don’t have a powdery kick up and they are a lot less dense and drier than some Obsessions Palettes I own however, once applied and as I started blending it felt like the formula did have a good deal of fall out and felt a bit dusky. The flakier pigments are best applied with a finger and patted on top of the mattes as they look best using this method as on their own they tend to have a little less intensity. Picking them up with a brush is challenging which made me feel like finger application was best. They really bring out the intensity of the neon mattes and create a great neon look that looks like it could could glow in the dark. Although, the formula is perfect it’s still very fun to create looks with these shades! I had a blast with it.

So, Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette aren’t exactly formulated perfectly and the not safe for eye use warning is a real buzzkill! But there’s fun to be had here if you’re throwing precaution to the wind!

How do you feel about the Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette?

Did you order one or does the eye warning make you second guess purchasing one?

Where to buy


Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette are a new, limited edition line of pressed pigment palettes that have nine eyeshadows and are priced at $29 each. I purchased the Neon Orange shade selection that has some fun, funky shades of bright orange, coral, pink, and even a bright yellow. This palette contains dyes that are not safe for the eye area as deemed by the United States FDA however, in other countries they may be considered safe for eye use. The palette is Made in the USA. I did use the palette on my eye area however, I don’t encourage anyone to do so without properly understanding how pressed pigments work and the the potential of irritation they may cause when used on the eye area. The palette has six matte finish shades and three flakier pigments. I thought the matte shades were chalky and a bit dusty. I felt the need to build them because they tended to blend away but once built and topped with one of the sparkle shades the looks they created really popped and looked quite pretty. There is some work involved in getting these applied and blended well but they look amazing when you do get them down right!


  • Really fun, funky shades!
  • Building is required but there’s plenty of POP when you do get them applied correctly.


  • Not eye safe.
  • Causes temporarily staining.


Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette is an ideal pick for artists!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christina

    Pretty, fun colours! I am considering the green palette, but I typically don’t use eyeshadow made in China, so not sure I’ll actually pick these up. Also, I probably have a million of these shades anyway, so do I really need another? LOL!

    • Isabella Muse

      they really are! The formula was a little iffy but workable! I had fun with it! ;-D Ha! I asked myself that question after I ordered the other two 😀 eep!

  • Melissa

    All I can say is you look “STUNNING” in that color. The entire ensemble !

  • Olive Unicorn

    So I wonder if this would be okay with me since I’ve played around with some similar pigments before like the UD Electric pallette which had a similar warning . I’ve used all the purples , neon pink and orange around my immediate eye area and never had an issue . To combat staining I usually use coconut oil or other oil based makeup remover .

    • Isabella Muse

      I tend to avoid pressed pigments on my eyes. Not because I’m sensitive but just because I’m anal about my eyes. But I went all in with these and took a chance. No reaction. If you’ve used Electric without an issue these will prob be ok but just be careful! No wants irritated eyes 🙂 Staining wasn’t too big a deal to be honest, I’ve seen far worst.